Maruti Ignis has been revealed in India and is scheduled to be launched in India this holiday season in Q4 2017. Maruti Suzuki Sanand plant will be reported global production hub for Ignis. Maruti Ignis is expected to look almost unchanged from Maruti Ignis concept.
Maruti Ignis, to be sold as Suzuki Ignis in other markets, was premiered in February from the Maruti Suzuki Ignis Concept at Auto Expo 2016. Ignis is the production version of the Suzuki iM-4 concept that was presented at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. As seen in the new and previous leaked images, the production version has not changed a lot from the concept.
Maruti Ignis is a crossover hatchback style car that will be a rival to Mahindra KUV 100 and Fiat Panda. Ignis is 3700 mm in length, 1,660 mm in width and 1,595 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,435 mm with a ground clearance of 180mm.
Maruti Ignis would be offered in 1.2-liter petrol and 1.3-liter diesel engines. The Suzuki Ignis is expected to be a petrol version only in Europe. In India, Maruti Ignis should be offered with the K12B 1.2-liter gasoline and 1.3-liter DDiS diesel engine. The petrol engine will be available with a manual 5-speed transmission and a continuous variable transmission, but the diesel engine will be available with a manual 5-speed gearbox.
The new Ignis have created a segment that did not exist, that of the ultra-compact SUV. The SHVS device is composed of the ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) that integrates a generator, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack located under the driver's seat. Although it lacks the automatic transmission, the operating principle is almost the traditional hybrid and the electric makes a difference especially at the start and is recharged during deceleration and recovering braking energy.
Among the curves the car gets along quite well, thanks to the new chassis, lightened and stiffened with the modular platform is the same as the Baleno. Pleasant also is the maneuverability of the 5-speed gearbox, which is connected to the engine by 90 hp at 6,000 rpm of power and 120 Nm of torque at 4,400. The Hybrid batteries charges (and discharges) quickly and the higher contribution of the electric can be seen in the on-board screen.
The average consumption fluctuates between 5.5 and 6 liters/100km. Suzuki says that the suspension of the rear axle is designed to satisfy European customers. Thanks to two cameras installed immediately before the interior mirror, the Ignis is capable of monitoring the distance of other cars/objects. In addition, the two cameras are the basis of the functions of three active safety systems with the Dual Chamber Brake Support, which lets the driver to brake if necessary, the Lane Departure Warning, which helps to maintain lanes and Weaving Alert, so as not to fall asleep at the wheel.
The body is solid with a very pleasant design. The interior space is good for 4 and a strong point is certainly the split rear seat as standard, with seats that can slide longitudinally independently, giving more passenger or luggage space as required. The load compartment has a volume of 267 liters for the 4x4 version (227 liters).
The Ignis is equipped with standard 16 " alloy wheels, rear view camera, touchscreen compatible, with Apple and Android smartphones, tinted rear windows, automatically activated headlights, electric mirrors and heated front seats. With iTOP are added LED headlights, GPS, automatic climate and active safety systems described earlier.
All this comes at a price with the new Suzuki Ignis starts from Rs 4.60 lakh. The 5-speed automatic transmission is available for the 1.2 petrol 2WD and costs Rs 7 lakh.